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After Germany's defeat in World War II, Europe lay in tatters. Millions of refugees were dispersed across the continent. Food and fuel were scarce. Britain was bankrupt while Germany had been reduced to rubble. In July 1945 Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin gathered in a quiet suburb of Berlin to negotiate a lasting peace - a peace that would finally put an end to the conflagration that had started in 1914, a peace under which Europe could be rebuilt.

Award-winning historian Michael Neiberg brings the turbulent Potsdam Conference to life, vividly capturing the delegates' personalities: Truman, trying to escape from the shadow of Franklin Roosevelt, who had died only months before; Churchill, bombastic and seemingly out of touch; Stalin, cunning and meticulous. For the first week, negotiations progressed relatively smoothly. But when the delegates took a recess for the British elections, Churchill was replaced - both as prime minster and as Britain's representative at the conference - in an unforeseen upset by Clement Attlee, a man Churchill disparagingly described as "a sheep in sheep's clothing". When the conference reconvened, the power dynamic had shifted dramatically, and the delegates struggled to find a new balance. Stalin took advantage of his strong position to demand control of Eastern Europe as recompense for the suffering experienced by the Soviet people and armies. The final resolutions of the Potsdam Conference, notably the division of Germany and the Soviet annexation of Poland, reflected the uneasy geopolitical equilibrium between East and West that would come to dominate the 20th century.

As Neiberg expertly shows, the delegates arrived at Potsdam determined to learn from the mistakes their predecessors made in the Treaty of Versailles. But riven by tensions and dramatic debates over how to end the most recent war, they only dimly understood that their discussions of peace were giving birth to a new global conflict.

©2015 Michael Neiberg (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Generale
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  • John Kaiser
  • 20/06/2015

Richly told and entertaining.

Richly told account of the end of WW2 that leaves you wanting to know more. There were frequent comparisons with the end of WW1 that help contextualize the wars and their aftermath. I especially enjoyed the story of Truman assuming the presidency after being almost entirely ignored by Roosevelt, told nothing about the bomb, kept completely in the dark over what happened at Yalta. Neiberg even indicates that no substantive report was written about Yalta or what the agreements were. It's hard to imagine no one thought about the likelihood of Truman becoming president. Neiberg is generally positive and even handed about Truman.

The narrator was spot on & appropriately captured the gravity of the story.

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  • Generale
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  • KRC446
  • 18/12/2020

Excellent Read and Listen!

Arthur Morey is one of my favorite narrators, and he does not disappoint here.

An excellent read of an important and well-written book about the end of WWII and Potsdam. I've read several books on WWII, but most included only very limited overviews of Potsdam. None shared the level of detail on Potsdam discussed here by Michael Neiberg. Also appreciated the context and comparisons of the end of WWII to the end of WWI.

Interesting and informative throughout. Strongly recommended for the curious and fans of WWI and WWII history.

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  • Generale
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  • Anthony L. Washington
  • 09/12/2020

Very Informative

The details were very good it didn't romanticize the players. There was a very surreal descriptive feel as it put you in the shoes of the participants so you do come away with why things transpired the way they did.

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  • brad b.
  • 28/09/2020

Wonderful and engaging

The author does a wonderful job of explaining how the participants saw the world given their history of living through WWI and the failure of the league of nations. He also explains what they thought while the conference was in progress as well as the strategic reasons for leaving many critical issues unaddressed.

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  • Generale
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  • Diana S.
  • 18/02/2021

I couldn’t put it down!!!

This book was enthralling and to hear this for the first time, I had to stop and replay many sections so I could well absorb the details. Not that it was hard to read but it is new information for me. Great book. Very well presented by the author. Thank you.

  • Generale
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  • Edward Gray
  • 16/02/2021

Great Book on Diplomacy and War

Great book !
One takeaway:
Through the lens of this book ,Prime Minister Churchill is clearly not at his best.He is often seen in this book as ill prepared and drunk.

  • Generale
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  • MAC33351
  • 13/02/2021

Great book - a lot of detail.

A very thorough look at this important moment in history. The level of detail is considerable.

  • Generale
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  • Bessel
  • 19/01/2021

An excellent choice if......

If you are a modern history buff who enjoys all the details of world changing events then this is a book for you. Expertly compiled and very well narrated.

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  • Jim Perotti
  • 05/01/2021

how eastern europe came to be at the end of WW 2

Great job of explaining how the Big 3 came to the decisions at Potsdam that avoided the problems created by the 1919 peace treaty, while setting up the geographical borders of Eastern Europe and the situations that led to the cold war that prevailed for the almost 5 decades after WW II.